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Dozens Of Kids Were Cleaning Midwest Meatpacking Plants, Labor Department Finds

Child labor used in meat packing plants

The Labor Department says a sanitation contractor employed dozens of children in dangerous roles at meatpacking plants in Nebraska and Minnesota.

The agency went to federal court on Wednesday seeking an injunction against Packer’s Sanitation Services Inc. (PSSI), alleging at least 31 kids had worked for the company in “oppressive child labor.” Officials say they ranged in age from 13 to 17, and their responsibilities included cleaning hazardous equipment during overnight shifts.

The Labor Department said in its filing that Packer’s violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by employing the minors, who allegedly worked at plants owned by meatpacking giant JBS and the poultry processor Turkey Valley Farms.


White House vows to condemn fueling of antisemitism in wake of Irving suspension

Karin Jean-Pierre

The White House will condemn anyone who fuels antisemitism, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Friday when asked about Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving’s handling of the backlash over a controversial tweet.

“Anyone, anyone that is fueling hate, fueling antisemitism, we will condemn. We will condemn that type of vulgar, that type of language, because it is incredibly dangerous,” Jean-Pierre said. The press secretary did not comment on Irving directly.

She added she has not spoken to President Biden specifically about the NBA player.

The Brooklyn Nets suspended him for at least five games on Thursday because they were disappointed by the basketball player’s failure to not say he has any antisemitic beliefs.

TVNL Comment:  Yeah, a five day suspension for Irving and a  meaningless press conference comment will do it.  No it won't.  All it does is bring publicity to Kyrie and let the Wh off the hook.  People like this only understand bigotry that is directed at them.  Sad, and dangerous.


Right-wing groups spend millions of dollars on ads targeting transgender kids

Stephen Miller

Ahead of Election Day in the high-stakes 2022 midterm elections, right-wing groups have spent tens of millions of dollars on anti-transgender ads in battleground states.

America First Legal, an organization launched by former Donald Trump aide Stephen Miller, is behind many of the political ads targeting transgender kids that have run in at least 25 states.

Research from the Human Rights Campaign indicates that "a significant portion" of the ad spending has been directed toward Black and Spanish-speaking voters through radio, mail, TV and digital means. America First Legal spent $4 million to get its ads on Black and Spanish-language radio in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas, according to the Human Rights Campaign.


2 dozen more unmarked graves discovered in search for victims of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Tulsa Massacre: dozens more graves unearthed

More unmarked graves were discovered in a Tulsa cemetery as the city continues its search for unidentified victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

City officials said Wednesday 24 burials were found over the course of a week in Oaklawn Cemetery, including 19 adult-size and five child-sized graves.

The discovery is part of a years-long investigation into the massacre, during which a violent mob of white people targeted Black residents of Tulsa's affluent Greenwood District. The mob destroyed more than 1,000 homes and decimated the thriving business district known as Black Wall Street, according to the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum. The massacre occurred two years after the “Red Summer" when hundreds of African Americans were killed by white mobs around the country.


‘We will be relentless’: top US Nazi hunter turns to Ukraine war crimes

Eli Rosenblumhen Eli Rosenbaum was hunting Nazis hiding in America, the most he could do was deport them, but he says the US is now poised to change its laws so that he will be able to prosecute Russians responsible for war crimes in Ukraine.

Rosenbaum, who spent much of the past 40 years leading the US government’s pursuit of Nazis, has been appointed as the head of the justice department’s War Crimes Accountability Team, set up in June to help bring war criminals to justice for atrocities in the Ukrainian conflict.

Widespread outrage at Russian mass killings and deportations as well as targeting of civilian infrastructure, has created bipartisan support for the justice for victims of war crimes bill. The legislation will transform US law so that suspected war criminals apprehended in the US, or extradited from elsewhere, can be prosecuted even if neither they nor their victims are Americans. The change would finally bring US law into line with the 1949 Geneva Conventions.


Slavery Is On The Ballot For Voters In 5 U.S. States

Edmond Jordan, Dem. Rep. from Baton Rouge, LAMore than 150 years after slaves were freed in the U.S., voters in five states will soon decide whether to close loopholes that led to the proliferation of a different form of slavery — forced labor by people convicted of certain crimes.

None of the proposals would force immediate changes inside the states’ prisons, though they could lead to legal challenges related to how they use prison labor, a lasting imprint of slavery’s legacy on the entire United States.

The effort is part of a national push to amend the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that banned enslavement or involuntary servitude except as a form of criminal punishment. That exception has long permitted the exploitation of labor by convicted felons.

“The idea that you could ever finish the sentence ‘slavery’s okay when ... ’ has to rip out your soul, and I think it’s what makes this a fight that ignores political lines and brings us together, because it feels so clear,” said Bianca Tylek, executive director of Worth Rises, a criminal justice advocacy group pushing to remove the amendment’s convict labor clause.



Judge blasts Bureau of Prisons' treatment of dying prisoner

Judge blasts  Bureau of Prisons

The Justice Department has launched an internal investigation of the Bureau of Prisons after a federal judge issued a blistering court order saying the agency "should be deeply ashamed" for what he called "its demonstrated contempt for the safety and dignity of the human lives in its care."

A ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton Jr. heaps scorn upon the agency's handling of the case of Frederick Mervin Bardell, 54, who died last year of colon cancer. The judge said the Bureau of Prisons repeatedly fought Bardell's efforts for compassionate release and specialized treatment and, in his final days, left him outside an airport, extremely weak and seriously ill and in need of assistance to get home to his family.

"The treatment Mr. Bardell received in the last days of his life is inconsistent with the moral values of a civilized society and unworthy of the Department of Justice of the United States of America," the judge wrote, accusing the Bureau of Prisons of ignoring explicit court orders and asking the Justice Department to investigate.


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